Vol.31 No.1 February-March 2012



CONTENTS

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FEATURE STORIES

14 A BIG WIN FOR LABOUR

A landmark decision has restored Saskatchewan workers' right to fair collective bargaining.
By Cheryl Stadnichuk and Janet Szliske

19 OLD AGE SECURITY IS A WOMEN'S ISSUE

Most women are still clustered in low-paying jobs with little job security and no benefits.
By Monica Townson

22 LIKE WATER FOR PROFIT

Corporate gold-diggers want to secure windfall profits by creating and controlling a market for the treatment and delivery of our water. They have a problem, though: most Canadians don't view water as a commodity. How a
community fought back and kept its water public.
By Diane Kalen-Sukra

COVER STORY
30 STANDING UP TO THE STATUS QUO

Halifax-based comedian Candy Palmater advocates on behalf of the socially marginalized in her public speaking and her stand-up routines.
By Melissa Keith

37 THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

The U.S. education reform movement is, at its heart, a platform to advance an agenda of privatization, market-based reforms, and attacks on unions. And what's happening in the U.S. is coming to Canada, too.
By Tara Ehrcke


REGULAR DEPARTMENTS

5 NOTES

CoDev and Gender Equity * CETA Threat to Public Water * Bottled Water Free Day * Fair Tax Summit * Letter to the Editor * Migrant Workers Fund * Burns Lake Report

WEBWORK
9 NEW MODEL WEBSITES

In our organizing, we need more troops out front. Our online communications efforts are no exception.
By Derek Blackadder

JOBS, ENVIRONMENT, JUSTICE
12 A LIVING WAGE FOR ALL

If every union in Canada became a living-wage employer, they would be demonstrating a concrete commitment to social justice.
By Mae Burrows and Donald Gutstein

17 POETRY
By Joan Crate

TALKING ABOUT ORGANIZING
43 RETAIL WORKERS MAKE HISTORY

The decision by workers at the fashion chain H&M to unionize offers important insights for the future of retail organizing.
By Kendra Coulter

REVIEW
46 WRITING THE REVOLUTION

Feminists owe a debt of gratitude to Second Story Press and the Feminist History Society for publishing Michele Landsberg's book Writing the Revolution.
Review by Shannon Devine

COMMENTARY
48 HARPER'S THREAT TO DEMOCRACY

Even if Harper expands his assault on the working class and organized labour, we should not despair. Mortal threats to social movements have the capacity to energize movements in unpredictable ways.
By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

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